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Queensland

Thursday, November 1, 1860

Australian State 6  

Queensland Scott #1
  Queensland Scott #1  

Imperforate, watermark 6 (Large star), engraved.
Printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co., London, England.

Description   # issued Scott SG Mi Y&T
November 1, 1860
1 penny deep rose
  144,000 1 1    
2 pence deep blue
  28,800 2 2    
6 pence deep green
  48,000 3 3    
A few days later. Perforated 14 to 16.
1 penny deep rose
  ? 4 4    
2 pence deep blue
  ? 5 5    
6 pence deep green
  ? 6 6    

All issue quantities are approximate.

Stanley Gibbons state November 15, 1860 as the issue date for #6.

Perforated stamps came to the colony only a few days after the imperforate were released. They were sold side by side until the imperforate supplies were exhausted, meaning for about a year or two.

Earliest known use of a Queensland stamp is November 6, 1860 from Maryborough. The earliest recorded usage of a Queensland stamp on cover is from Brisbane November 8, 1860.

Prior to the founding of Queensland in 1859, when it was known as the Moreton Bay District, its postal affairs had been administered by New South Wales. The first post office opened in Brisbane in 1834. Before officially becoming a state and issuing their own stamps, postage stamps of New South Wales were used in Queensland.

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